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    Begin with Good Material

    A question often asked of John Naka: ” How do I make  good bonsai?” His inevitable answer: “Begin with good material.” You’ve heard me say it ad nauseum; the difficulty of acquisition of excellent bonsai material has ultimately kept the ABQ Club  below the upper tier of the best shows in the US. We have, with […]

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    About The Albuquerque Bonsai Club

    The Albuquerque Bonsai Club began in January 1975. By 1979, it had grown, and the first Bonsai master, Ben Oki, was invited to conduct a bonsai workshop. Since then, other Bonsai masters have presented workshops in Bonsai culture in Albuquerque. Other Masters, including John Naka, Chase Rosade, Jim Barrett, Hal Sasake, Toshio Subaromaru, Mel Ikeda, Ray Nagatoshi,and Ernie Kuo have visited Albuquerque and enriched the club members knowledge of Bonsai.

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There is one tree, the phoenix’ throne… (The Tempest. Act 3. Scene 3.)

" The man that hath no music in himself Nor is not mov'd with concord of sweet sounds Is fit for treason, stratagems, and spoils."   from The Merchant of Venice, v.i. 83-85 You know, Tree Toads, I think that's ultimately what's wrong with these political wienieheads..... you could substitute "bonsai" for "music", add some ... Read More...

Bonsai Toolbox

Dearest Friends….. Herein lies an annotated list of the basic tools and assorted gizmos which might constitute a basic bonsai tool box. Your needs will vary, of course, but this has worked for me over the years. First, a general note or two, to wit: I refuse to accept the premise that one must sink […]


November Meeting

It’s a little early for John’s monthly screed extolling us to get our fundaments to Heights Cumberland Presbyterian Church for the November meeting on the 5th at 9:00 a.m.  However, it’s not too early for yours truly to start advertising for my presentation on ‘Bonsai Care Throughout the Year’.  Recommended reading to get you in […]


December – Let it snow!

This is winter now. Even though some days are fairly warm, keep the cold frame closed. Open it if there is a “warm” snow during the day, but close by nightfall. The average high temperature is 47 degrees; the average low is 24 degrees. The record high is 72 degrees; 3 degrees is the record […]